COALITION FOR MARRIAGE
Dear Marriage supporter
The General Election takes place on 8 June and the campaigning is well underway. We will be contacting you in the next few days with more information for marriage supporters, including the best questions to put to your candidates.
The next Parliament could take action to improve or harm your freedom to express your beliefs about marriage. It is vital to find out where your candidates stand.
The Supreme Court has announced it will consider a possible appeal by Ashers Baking Company. Judges at the UK’s highest court have set aside two days in October for the hearing.
The McArthur family, who own Ashers, face a fine for declining to produce a homosexual ‘marriage’ campaign cake.
There has been an outpouring of support for the McArthurs from across the political spectrum. It is manifestly wrong for the taxpayer-funded Equality Commission to take this case against the Christian bakers. No creative professional should be compelled to express beliefs they disagree with.
Stop separating elderly
The most senior family judge has strongly criticised social workers for separating frail elderly married couples.
Sir James Munby condemned the “inhumanity” of refusing vulnerable elderly couples shared accommodation and instead consigning them to different care homes, calling it “absolutely shocking and a profound indictment of our society” (The Times, 10 May 2017).
“I read with personal outrage… reports of cases where the results of the operation of the system is that people who may have been together for 30, 40 or maybe 50 years are separated in their final years”, the judge said.
Sir James continued: “We do know that people die from what colloquially we call a broken heart. It is very striking. One reads… cases where one spouse, after a 60 or 50-year marriage, has died and the other dies two days later. That is not chance or coincidence, I suspect.”
The President of the Family Division of the High Court, in his talk delivered in Stafford, pleaded with social services to prioritise “humanity, empathy, decency”.
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